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Letter of Intent due: January 15, 2016
Proposals due: February 15, 2016
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Call for Pilot Project Proposals

The Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC) is an NIAAA-funded Alcohol Research Center housed at Binghamton University. A major focus of the DEARC is to examine neuroadaptations to alcohol following exposure to ethanol during development, with a particular emphasis on fetal and/or adolescent alcohol exposures. The DEARC pilot grant program is designed to promote innovative research in the area of developmental ethanol research and to provide funding for preliminary studies to support successful research applications in this area through future submissions of regular R01-, R21-, and R03-type research funding mechanisms. Successful applicants are expected to become active members of the DEARC.

Eligibility. Early career investigators at academic research universities in upstate New York and surrounding locales are encouraged to apply. Established researchers whose proposed projects: (a) constitute a significant departure from their ongoing research, (b) pose intriguing new hypotheses, or (c) bring new methodologies to the DEARC or alcohol field are also eligible to apply. Candidate projects must address an aspect of the effects of ethanol in development and integrate within the overall themes and research activities of the DEARC. Successful proposals may also benefit from use of one or more DEARC core facilities (see The maximum request is for $30,000 direct costs per year for a two-year project and we anticipate funding 2 new pilots in the upcoming cycle.

Full Proposal Requirements. Each application should consist of an abstract and a 4-page description of the project (including Specific Aims, rationale/hypotheses, background, experimental design and methods). A detailed two-year budget and justification should also be included, along with a NIH-style four page biographical sketch for key personnel, and other support information.

Application procedure/timeline:

December 15, 2015
Call for proposals distributed; questions regarding eligibility may be directed to the Center Director, Dr. Linda Spear (

January 15, 2016
Letter of Intent (LOI) due. The LOI should contain the name, institution, and contact information of the Principal Investigator (PI) and any Co-Investigators, along with a working title of the proposal, and no more than 2-3 paragraphs describing the scope of the project and its relationship to the research of the DEARC. The LOI should be sent to:

Dr. Linda Spear, DEARC Director
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

February 15, 2016
Deadline for receipt of proposals. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Linda Spear. Proposals will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field including the External Scientific Advisory Board of the DEARC. Final funding decisions will be made by the DEARC Executive Committee.

March 31, 2016
Decision letters with critiques will be provided to all applicants. Successful applicant(s) will be asked to meet with DEARC directors to review the goals of the DEARC and Pilot Project Program, and timeline for required pilot project progress reports.

June 1, 2016
Summary of newly funded pilot project proposals due to EC for submission with the yearly DEARC progress report (due July 1).

September 1, 2016
Projected award start date.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Center Director or other members of the Executive Committee, who can provide additional information about the DEARC:

Last Updated: 11/3/11